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justice served? troy davis is put to death in georgia for killing a police officer, but many still question hilt guilt. headed home. two americans convicted of spying by iran and held for more than two years are free and reunited with their families. and splitting up. after more than 30 years, one of music's biggest acts calls it quits. this is the "cbs morning news" for thursday, september 22nd, 2011. captioning funded by cbs
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good morning, everybody. thanks for joining us. i'm betty nguyen. until the end, troy davis insisted he was innocent. davis was executed last night by the state of georgia for the murder of an off-duty police officer. hours before the supreme court rejected a final request for a stay of execution. the case garnered international attention because of what some believe to be inconclusive evidence. davis' final words were directed toward the prison officials who were about to put him to death. >> his last words were to them, may god bless your souls. then he put his head back down. the procedure began and about 15 minutes later, it was over. >> davis was sent to georgia's death row for the 1989 murder of mark macphail. the off-duty police officer was shot as he tried to stop the beating of a homeless man. davis acknowledged being at the scene, but denied he was the killer and maintained his innocence to the very end. >> he said that he was not personally responsible for what
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happened that night, that he did not have a gun. he said to the family that he was sorry for their loss, but also said he did not take their son, father, brother. >> davis drew support from around the world. hundreds of thousands signed petitions on his behalf. 7 of 9 prosecution witnesses against him later disputed all or parts their testimony. there was no physical evidence linking him to the murder. no murder weapon was ever found. no dna was recovered. >> this sort of legalized lynching is not right. >> but others saw it as justice deserved. >> he killed a man, he killed a police officer. >> the slain officer's family says they have no doubts davis pulled the trigger. >> do you believe davis deserves to die? >> yes. and it's awful hard to say, but i do. he didn't have to do this. there was no reason for it.
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>> davis' execution had been stopped three times since 2007. but, yesterday, he ran out of legal options. there were no last-minute appeals for another execution last night. lawrence russell brewer, a supremacist gang member was put to death in texas for the 1998 dragging death of a black man. james byrd jr. was chained to the back of a pickup truck and pulled along a bumpy road. two others were involved. one is on death row. the other received a life sentence. this morning, those two american hikers who were convicted of spying by iran and for over two years are with their families in oman. josh fattal and shane bauer were released yesterday, a day their relatives call the best day of their lives. susan mcginnis is in washington with the latest on this story. good morning, susan. >> betty, good morning. >> reporter: no one will soon forget the sight when the two raced off the jet to reunite for with their families. for washington and america, it it was a moment of joy and relief.
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shane bauer and josh fattal are back with their families, enjoying their first full day of freedom. the american hikers jumped into the arms of their loved ones in oman wednesday. they were released on $1 million bail after spending more than two years in an iranian prison. >> we are so happy we are free and so relieved we are free. >> reporter: iranian authorities arrested fattal, bauer, and their friend sarah shroud on spying and tres passing charges while they were hiking on the iraq/iran border in july of 2009. shroud released last december. while in prison, bauer proposed to her and while apart, the two finally embraced on the tarmac. >> two years in prison is too long and we sincerely hope for the freedom of on this injustly prisoned people in america and in iran.
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>> reporter: it came before president obama addressed the united nations. iranian president mahmoud ahmadinejad gives he's speech today. president obama says he is thrilled with the news. he, like the rest of his administration, believes the hikers should not have been held in the first place. >> they have a chance now to reunite with their families and to decompress from what has been a terrible experience for them, and i'm looking forward to seeing them when they return home. >> reporter: in fattal's hometown near philadelphia, welcome home signs are already up. his uncle is also eagerly awaiting a reunion. >> i want to see his face and see that he is okay. >> reporter: fattal and bauer could be back on u.s. soil within days. the release is being called a humanitarian gesture by the president of iran. he may be trying to international goodwill ahead of the speech he is giving today at the u.n. >> thank you, susan mcginnis, in washington. president obama heads to ohio today to campaign for his
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447 billion dollar jobs bill. he'll press the case for spending on infrastructure using a run down bridge connecting ohio and kentucky as an example. yesterday, at the united nations, the president failed to head off a showdown over the formal creation of a palestinian state. palestinian leader mahmoud abbas intends to press ahead with plans to seek membership in the u.n. probably tomorrow, but the u.s. has the power to veto any such u.n. action. after weeks of protests, charges have been filed against two california police officers. they are accused of severely beating kelly thomas back in july and zapping him repeatedly with a taser. the attack was captured on cell phone video. thomas was homeless and suffered from schizophrenia. he died five days later. one officer has been charged with murder and another with manslaughter, charges thomas' father supports. >> my feelings today extremely emotional, of course.
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i'm, obviously, very, very happy. he's extremely serious about prosecuting these people to the fullest extent. >> both officers have plead the not guilty to the charges. a controversial islamic cultural center opened here in new york not far from ground zero. the location caused an uproar, prompting heated debate about islam and freedom of speech. the center will include a 9/11 memorial. its developer said the biggest mistake was not involving the families of 9/11 victims. six tons of space junk is expected to slam into earth tomorrow. nasa says the old research satellite will probably pass over north america. much of it is expected to burn up as it re-enters the atmosphere, thank goodness. but dozens of large pieces may survive. so nasa thinks it will splash down in the pacific ocean late friday afternoon. just watch where you're walking on friday. just ahead this morning, first-born. stuck in the middle. how your birth order determines your success. plus be careful where you
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♪ stand in the place where you live now think about direction ♪ that is r.e.m. while they stand as one of the greatest bands of all time, they are now calling it quits. yep. r.e.m. made the announcement on their website, posting, quote, we walk away with a great sense of gratitude and finality and astonishment at all we have accomplished. they helped invent alternative rock and inducted into the rock 'n' roll hall of fame back in 2007. in the president's health care overhaul, a million more adults have health insurance. surveys found young adults were put on private policies, not government programs. the new law allows them to stay on their parents' health insurance until age 26.
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instead of at 18 or age 21 after college. if you use onstar to go to the bank or at your grandmother's house, be careful. they say it is watching. big brother is watching. general motors says the gps system will start collecting data in december even if you drop the service. gm says the information may be sold to third parties like credit card companies and law enforcement agencies. on the cbs "moneywatch," another tough day for the world markets. terrell brown is in new york good morning, terrell. >> good morning to you, betty. good to see you. >> reporter: asian markets took a huge dive today. nikkei dropped over 2% and hang seng fell more than 4%. that follows a big sell-off on wall street on wednesday. stocks plunged after the federal reserve launched a move to drive long-term interest rates even lower. it also warned it expects slow economic growth and high unemployment for some time. the dow dropped almost 284 points and the nasdaq lost 52. moody's investor service lowered some of its debt ratings for
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bank of america, wells fargo and citigroup saying it is less likely now the government would bail them out if they got in trouble. they downgraded the long and short-term debt of the bank. apple won't talk about its new iphones but al gore will. former vice president and member of the board of directors was speaking in south africa and mentioned the new iphone models are supposed roll out next month. if it is true, it would echo another report apple is holding its next big media even on october 4th. a company spokesman designed to comment. the rich seem to keep getting richer. bill gates tops the list for 18 straight years, he is worth $59 billion. 5 billion more than last year, by the way. number two, warren buffett lost $6 billion but mostly from giving $3 billion to charity. mark zuckerberg, the founder of facebook, is number three.
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speaking of facebook, it is at it again. it is holding its annual conference today and most analysts expect them to announce new changes for the website. many users woke up to find their home pages altered what facebook calls the top stories on the tab page. most reaction to the news was negative. just released study on how birth order impacts your career in salary. study was done by the employment site career builder. an only child is more likely to earn six figures but workers with siblings are more satisfied with their job and only child only has a tendency to work in technical and health-related fields. i have two big brothers and none of that is true! >> i was an only child for a very, very long time so maybe that will pay off. >> that explains a lot. >> we can always hope. terrell brown in new york, thanks so much for that. straight ahead, your thursday morning weather. in sports, the yankees are the beast in the east, clenching their division title. the yankees claim their title.
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south. the midwest will be mostly sunny and in the west, it will be warmer than normal with highs in the 80s and 90s. in sports, the yankees win another division crown. in the eighth inning, jorge posada came off the bench with the baseses loaded against the rays and smacks a game winning single. break out the bubbly as new york clenches the american league east. the yank's arch rival the boston red sox blew another game. they scored early against baltimore, but the orioles rally 6-4, handing boston their 14th loss in 18 games with only six games left, the boston red sox are fighting to hold on to the a.l. wild card spot. in the national league, the diamondbacks are still in the hunt for october, thanks for miguel montero's long ball. and great "d" in the third as aaron hill makes a diving two-hand flip for the out at first. arizona pounces the pirates 8-5
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and pushing them one step closer to the n.l. west crown. in football, a warning not to fake an injury. on monday night, the giants deon grant falls to the turf and says he was hurt, but the nfl says he was just trying to slow down the rams no-huddle offense. now, the nfl is warning fake an injury and the team could face fines, suspension, even loss of a draft pick. when we return, another look at this morning's top stories. a 14 yearly boy's plea for help goes unanswered. how he was bullied to death. but some symptoms were still in his way. so the doctor kept eric on his current medicine and added nonstimulant intuniv to his treatment plan. [ male announcer ] for some children like eric, adding once-daily nonstimulant intuniv to their stimulant has been shown to provide additional adhd symptom improvement. don't take if allergic to intuniv, its ingredients,
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on the "cbs morning news," here's a look at today's weather. cloudy skies, humid conditions, and plenty of rain will move up the east coast. it's going to be windy across the great lakes region. thunderstorms are heading into the southern plains and temperatures will be warm in the west.
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here is another look at this morning's top stories. troy davis was executed in georgia last night for the 1989 murder of a police officer. davis maintains his innocence and his attorney said 7 of 9 key witnesses changed their story. those two american hikers imprisoned in iran on espionage charges for two years are free. josh fattal and shane bauer were reunited with their families in oman and expected back in the u.s. in the coming days. today is the concluding session in washington, d.c. of a two-day summit to fight against bullying sponsored by the united states department of education. it's a big problem across the country, highlighted by sunday's suicide of jamey rodemier of buffalo, new york. elaine quijano reports. >> it hurts me to think my son felt like he was no worthy of anything. >> reporter: 14-year-old jamey rodemeyer had been bullied
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relentlessly since fifth grade. his parents tim and tracy found his body on sunday. >> it really just started with all of the boys, because all of the girls just loved him and they always defended him, but all of the boys would say, geez, you're such a girl, why are you hanging out with all of those girls? what are you? a girl? oh, you must be gay. the bullies now are still walking around. they get to wake up tomorrow and see all of their friends, but my son will not be given a second chance, no matter how much i have prayed. i cannot turn back the clock. i would have given my life to turn back the minute we seen him. >> reporter: he was harassed by online insults. he saw counselors to try to deal with the pain. >> hi. this is jamey from buffalo, new york, and i'm just here to tell you that it does get better. >> reporter: in may, jamey posted this message as part of an online support group for gay teens. >> put you head up and yield on fire because that is all you
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have to do, is just love yourself and you're set. >> reporter: but weeks ago, he posted this online plea for help. i always say how bullied i am, but no one listens. what do i have to do so people will listen to me. >> they have to somehow get the power away from the bully and i don't know how you do that. and that is the biggest question in my mind, because if the bully doesn't have power, he is nobody. >> for a young kid at 14 and a half, he had a big message. a huge message that shouldn't even have to be a message. it should just be common decency to not let people feel useless and worthless on this planet that they don't deserve to be with other people. >> reporter: tracy rodemeyer will bury her son in a t-shirt with a message of acceptance and defiance. it reads simply, "born this
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way." elaine quijano, buffalo, new york. after 68 years, the remains of nine american servicemen killed in world war ii are home. they were buried in a single casket with full military honors during an emotional service at arlington national cemetery yesterday. the men died when their b-17 bomber was shot down by the japanese over new guinea in 1943. their remains were recovered in 1985. this is the "cbs morning news." coffee doesn't have vitamins... unless you want it to. new splenda® essentials™ no calorie sweetener with b vitamins, the first and only one to help support a healthy metabolism. three smart new ways to sweeten. same great taste. new splenda® essentials™. same great taste. now there's no need to hold back. new revolutionary scope dualblast
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speed cameras. baltimore county police are moving around 15 of the devices.
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cyber security. and a basketball court with estate of the art equipment. we have news of two multialarm fires. you're looking live at one of them in southwest baltimore. also, the bowie state student remembered. those who knew domonique frazier have fond memories of her. and the cost of hurricane irene. and breaking up. one of the most popular bands in rock history is bis banning. more news, first warning weather and your traffic report of the morning in a couple of minutes.
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